A friend of mine recently sent me a list entitled “Angels as Explained by Children.” These explanations were quite humorous. One kid, age six, said, “Angels don’t eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows!!!” As they say, “From the mouth of babes…”
While the things these kids had to say about angels were amusing, there is a sad reality that a lot of adults continue through life with the same types of misconceptions. They’re usually far less humorous, but also just about as meaningful.
Sometimes I wonder where people pick up their theology and Biblical facts. You know; things like “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” It’s a very nice saying, but totally unbiblical. Because of our knowledge of the advantages of being clean, we certainly wish it were in Scripture. Alas, it’s not.
“Everybody’s got it all wrong.”
Now, this is not an argument for living like a pig. I tend to be as clean as the next guy. In fact, I’ve been called a neat freak. Never the less, we need to be honest about what’s Biblical and what’s not.
One of the aforementioned children said, “Everybody’s got it all wrong. Angels don’t wear halos anymore. I forget shy, but scientists are working on it.” Indeed. Everybody’s got it all wrong. Unfortunately, the scientists are no help either.
Years ago, Billy Graham wrote a book about angels. He squeezed every last drop of angelology from Scripture to write that book. We just aren’t told that much about them. At least, he used Scripture to glean what knowledge we do have.
“God helps those who help themselves.”
Some folks, unfortunately, pick things out of thin air and buy into them. Henry, age eight, tells us this: “My guardian angel helps me with math, but he’s not much good for science.” I guess Henry needs to petition the Lord for an extra angel (one who’s good at science).
Have you ever heard this one? “God helps those who help themselves.” My guess is you have. If you ever run across it in the Bible, please let me know. I can’t seem to find it. It’s got to be in there, though, because everyone says it is.
“It’s not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to Heaven, and then there’s still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes.” This was written by Matthew (no, not the gospel writer—the nine-year-old kid). Matthew obviously picked up various things here and there, added them together, synthesized them, and came up with a perfectly plausible explanation. He’ll probably be doing the same thing when he’s thirty-five.
I have an idea. Let’s read our Bibles. Let’s see what it actually says. After all, it’s God’s Word to us. It would behoove us to get it right (at least close to right).
I’ll leave you with this parting word (not from Scripture, but from the hymnal). “I only know the names of two angels—Hark and Harold.” ~Gregory, age five~